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Hopper Avenue

Edward Hopper is one of my favorite artists. For me, this image captures a bit of his style.

Sony RX-100 pocket camera.

Spoon
Spoon - Photography by Ken Schuster.

Another "Hopperesque" homage with a touch of Dali.

Sony RX-100 pocket camera.

Winter Zen - Haiku and photography by Ken Schuster.
Winter Zen

Some edges defined,

others quieted by snow.

Winter simplifies.

Hasselblad 503CW camera, Zeiss 150mm CF lens, Phase One IQ-160 back. Two exposures side-by-side stitched with Photoshop.

"...and I would like to thank The Academy" - Photograph and haiku by Ken Schuster.
...and I would like to
thank The Academy

Actor on the stage,
bringing life to each layer,

who are you today?

Hasselblad 503CW camera, Zeiss 120mm Makro-Planar CFE lens, Phase One IQ-160 back.

Scallions - Photograph and haiku by Ken Schuster.
Scallions

Intricate textures,
gray-green stalks rise gracefully.
An onion growing.

Hasselblad 503CW camera, Zeiss 120mm Makro-Planar CFE lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

Ladies With Hats - Photograph and painting by Ken Schuster.
Ladies With Hats

"Warning: When I am an old woman I shall wear purple,
With a red hat that doesn't go, and  doesn't suit me."

- Jenny Joseph

Sony RX100 pocket camera & acrylic painting.

Squash - Photography by Ken Schuster.
Squash

The squash was in this bowl for a week, and every day I would pass by it thinking 'That sure is beautiful.' Finally it occurred to me that I should photograph it.

Hasselblad ArcBody camera with 45mm lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

Cozy Kezar Afternoon - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Cozy Kezar Afternoon

On this first chilly day of fall the air was still, and as my canoe drifted closer to the shore I caught a hint of wood burning.

Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

Old Guard - Photography by Ken Schuster.
Old Guard

I was struck by the elegance of this beautiful tree... strong, graceful and still standing guard, displaying its fall colors after so many years.

Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 35mm lens and Imacon V96C back.

Candy Apple Red - Photograph and haiku by Ken Schuster.
Candy Apple Red

Tart, juicy apple.

Sweet cinnamon aroma.

Crackling candy coat.

(With apologies to my dentist, Dr. Phelan.)

Hasselblad camera, Zeiss 250mm lens and Imacon V96C back.

Oh BORSCHT! - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Oh BORSCHT!

Ice cold beet borscht, sour cream stirred-in, a little sugar, fresh chopped chives, hot summer afternoon. Dee-lish!

Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens and Imacon V96C back.

Moonrise at the Lake - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Moonrise at the Lake

This was made within a minute of the single image "Lake Moon" further down this column. It is one of the most technically complicated panoramas that I have made.

 

Nine images with a Hasselblad ArcBody camera and Imacon V96C back. A Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens was used for four square images horizontally, exposing for the sky, and four square images horizontally, exposing for the trees and foreground, and one image with a Rodenstock Grandagon 75mm lens, exposing for the moon. All images were stitched together with Photoshop.

Gold Curtain - Photograph and haiku by Ken Schuster.
Gold Curtain

Leaves in center stage spotlight.

Snow intermission.

Spectacular second act.

Hasselblad 503CW with Zeiss 150mm lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

Simply Elgant - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Simply Elegant

A mix of gentle rain and snow was alternating with warm gusts of earth aromas that engulfed me while I set up my camera. Suddenly, Arctic wind whipped buckshot hail stung my face and ricocheted off my car with sharp loud cracks. Ice began forming on my tripod legs. Rather than risk damage to my camera and lens, I decided this beautiful scene would have to be just a memory, and started to pack-up.

After a two-minute noisy barrage, the hail stopped abruptly, replaced by silence as soft drizzle and fog filled the air. Rain held off just long enough for me to reset the camera and capture just this one image. I yelled 'Thank you!' to the sky.

 

Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

 

Cathedral - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Cathedral

Lifted into the sun by 'arms' of these old trees, leaves of green, gold and yellow glowed like stained glass windows.

Hasselblad ArcBody with Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens and Imacon V96C back.

Reflections of Fall - Photograph and haiku by Ken Schuster.
Reflections of Fall

Aromas of pine,

Gold, red, yellow, maroon, green.

Reflections of fall.

Two images made with a Canon 40D camera and 24~105mm lens, stitched together with Photoshop.

Soft Light - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Soft Light

This was our first full-day tease of spring, when we peel off layers of clothing, and put them all back on, half a dozen times over a half mile walk... blue ice cracking open to the dark pond below as thick fog faintly blushes from the setting sun.

Four images made with a Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens, Phase One IQ-160 back and stitched together with Photoshop.

Early Snow - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Early Snow

This one snowfall broke the old record for the entire month of October in New Hampshire, by 20 inches! Spectacular fall colors, dazzling white snow and clean earth-scented air... well worth the inconveniences.

Hasselblad 503CW camera with Zeiss150mm CF lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

Recipe for Max (Maxfield Parrish) - Photography and haiku by Ken Schuster.
Recipe for Max
(Maxfield Parrish)

Late afternoon clouds,
Cherry tree in silhouette,
One part Parrish blue.

Sony RX100 pocket camera.

Sunapee Sky - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Sunapee Sky

We got it all this day... rain, fog, wind, squalls and even hail in July! But, at the end of the day, we were rewarded with this beautiful sight.

Hasselblad ArcBody with Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

Broom - Photograph by Ken Schuster.

Fascinated by the intricate textures and details of the broom, I photographed it at very close range. You can see that each strand had been alive, growing in a field somewhere under the sun.

Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

Broom
Harbor Glow - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Harbor Glow

I was eating in the restaurant across from Newbury Harbor. Half way through my meal, the book I was reading took on a warm tint. I looked up and the room was flooded with the same color. A glance out the big picture windows and I knew I had to capture it. I left everything at the table, ran out the door and pulled my photography gear out of the car just in time. I left a nice tip.

Four images made with a Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens, PhaseOne IQ-160 back and stitched together with Photoshop.

Winter Moon - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Winter Moon

My ephemeris said the moon would rise in the middle of the valley on March 26 at 6:45 p.m. I snowshoed with my gear to this perfect spot just in time. The air was spectacular.

Four images made with a Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens, PhaseOne IQ-160 back and stitched together with Photoshop.

Vivaldi - Photograph and haiku by Ken Schuster.
Vivaldi

Gentle wispy rain.

'The Four Seasons' on my mind.

A moment captured.

Two images made with a Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens, Phase One IQ-160 back and stitched together with Photoshop.

Muster Field Moonrise Panorama - Photography by Ken Schuster.
Muster Field Moonrise Panorama

It was windy at Muster Field Farm as this October full moon pushed through hazy clouds above Mount Kearsarge. Behind me the sun spread across the horizon, making the field look like a game 'under the lights' was about to start.

Four images made with a Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens, Phase One IQ-160 back and stitched together with Photoshop.

Eggplant - Photograph and haiku by Ken Schuster.
Eggplant

Plump, purple eggplant

sitting on a table, proud.

Soon to be tasty.

Hasselblad 503CW camera, Zeiss 120mm Makro-Planar CFE lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

Winter Lace - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Winter Lace

This late February snow was the first major storm of the winter. The humidity and temperature were just right for the snow and ice to stick to branches, but still light enough to snow-blow driveways and paths with ease. Everyone was delighted.

Three images made with a Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens, Phase One IQ-160 back and stitched together with Photoshop.

Chimney - Photograph and haiku by Ken Schuster.
Chimney

It's late Mondrian

and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

It is New London.

Hasselblad Zeiss 503CW with 150mm CF lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

Peppers on Black - Photography and haiku by Ken Schuster.
Peppers on Black

Little red peppers

all wrinkled and innocent.

Bite one if you dare.

Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

Bow to Winter - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Bow to Winter

This late January ice storm reminded us that the second half of winter was still ahead... and the birches bowed.

Four images made with a Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens and Phase One IQ-160 back, stitched together with Photoshop.

Neighbor's Farm - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Neighbor's Farm

My neighbor lives in a Civil War era farmhouse and raises "Oreo" cows (Belted Galloways)... black on both ends and a white band around the middle.

Two images made with a shirt pocket Canon PowerShot SD800IS and stitched together with Photoshop.

Muster Field Maples - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Muster Field Maples

Muster Field Farm is a restored 18th Century historic homestead and working farm in Sutton NH.

This was three vertical panoramic images made with a Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens, V96C back, and stitched together with Photoshop.

Wadleigh Road - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Wadleigh Road

Wadleigh State Park is on the banks of Kezar Lake in Sutton NH. Unique in the nation, the New Hampshire state park system is not tax-supported.

Four horizontal panoramic images were made with a Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens, V96C back and stitched together with Photoshop.

Lake Moon - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Lake Moon

The moon and earth were closest to each other for the year.

This was one exposure for the trees, one for the sky and one for the moon, all combined with Photoshop CS3. Hardware was a Hasselblad 503CW camera, V96C back, Zeiss 350mm CFE Tele-Superachromat lens with a Teleconverter APO 1.4XE extender. It was the center image for the Moonrise at the Lake panorama.

Snowmobiles on Lake Sunapee - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Snowmobiles on Lake Sunapee

After a late-season freeze-over and first blizzard of the year, snowmobilers enjoy a Valentine's Day sunset ride on Lake Sunapee.

Camera was a shirt pocket Canon PowerShot SD800IS.

Stream of Consciousness - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Stream of Consciousness

A kindly breeze on a sultry afternoon silently pushes my canoe through time and space.

Sony DSC-T1 shirt pocket camera.

It Stormed til Sunset - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
It Stormed 'til Sunset

Twenty minutes after I got my canoe on the water, the sky filled with clouds and it poured heavily for about 20 minutes... then stopped completely for 20 minutes and then poured again... then off and on until the sun set.

Hand-held Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 35mm lens and Imacon V96C digital back.

NewHampshire - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
New Hampshire

This is the first image that I made here, and it still epitomizes rural New Hampshire for me... old and comfortable, but not at all tired.

Olympus 10D camera.

Ring Brook ROCKS! - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Ring Brook ROCKS!

After a heavy downpour I hiked upstream to this beautiful spot in the NH Audubon Ring Brook Wildlife Sanctuary.

Hasselblad ArcBody camera, Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens and Imacon V96C digital back.

Succulent - Photograph by Ken Schuster.
Succulent

I don't know what kind of succulent this is, but it looks so comfortable sitting in the corner of this old hand-made wood bowl.

Hasselblad 503CW camera, Zeiss Makro-Planar 120mm CFE lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

Garlic Trio - Photography by Ken Schuster.
Garlic Trio

One of a series on garlic.

Hasselblad 503CW camera, Zeiss Makro-Planar 120mm CFE lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

Macro photograph of garlic by Ken Schuster.
Garlic Macro

Another in the garlic series.

Hasselblad 503CW camera, Zeiss Makro-Planar 120mm CFE lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

Lighthouse from Herrick Cove - Photography by Ken Schuster.
Lighthouse from Herrick Cove

Focused on driving, I approached Lake Sunapee as dark clouds formed rapidly as if a movie animation. A column of dust formed in front of me and I slowed down. Wham! A blinding pink-white lightning bolt and a sharp short crack of thunder shook my bones. I thought, "Okay, okay, I got the message! I'll stop and see."

I set up my camera gear and waited about five minutes for this to come together in front of me.

Hasselblad ArcBody with Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm lens and Phase One IQ-160 back.

All images on this site are © Copyright Ken Schuster 2019. All rights reserved.

 

Images are available as museum grade prints for private collection and can be licensed for publication and commercial use. Please contact Ken Schuster or purchase online at The Sandbox Gallery.

Winter Zen